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Today's News

  • Personal victories at districts for Sharks XC

    Mount Dora is no place to PR, but Zoe Stuber did it at last week's Class A District 3 cross country meet. Mount Dora Bible hosted the district meet Thursday, on a course that has been described as "challenging," "brutal," and "get ready for the worst times of the season."

    The campus is draped over a bowl in the rolling hills north of Orlando, and due either to the whim of fate or the caprice of the folks who laid out the course, most of the downhills are on energy-reflecting asphalt, while most of the uphills are on energy-sucking grass.

  • Daylight Saving Time

    Last week, we rolled the clocks back an hour. It came a week later than last year and I understand it will be even later next year.

    There is much controversy about daylight saving time. The idea is that it saves energy because less time is spent working in the dark during the summer. Fine, but it is just the opposite for me. I work early evenings, so in the summer I have to work an hour later in daylight that I'd much rather be spending at home.

  • County Commission ponies up $600,000 for Big Dock

    BRONSON - County Commissioners unanimously agreed Nov. 6 to encumber $646,573 due to a shortfall from the projected $3.2 million Federal Emergency Management Agency funding for the Big Dock project in Cedar Key.

    County Commissioner Lilly Rooks said there is a strong potential for FEMA to accept the added cost, as long as the county documents the expense is justified. Some people are unhappy about the dock being raised five feet above its current level, she said.

  • City gives up alley, gets traffic calming

    At the last meeting of Cedar Key City Commission, the commission found itself reluctantly agreeing to vacate a platted alley in Coronet Park subdivision to landowner Ronnie Taylor in exchange for what they thought was a pretty good trade. Taylor reasoned in his petition that the alley was entirely encompassed by his private land, and was therefore of no benefit or use to the public.

  • Levy County Fair opens

    The new Levy County Fair opened Thursday with an appearance by Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Charles Bronson and forestry best-practices advocate Smokey the Bear.

    The Fair will go on through Nov. 12, with music events, stock shows, horsemanship and riding competitions, tractor pulls, and, of course, all the corn dogs you can eat.

    The Levy County Fair is at Williston's Airport Industrial Park on U.S. Hwy. 41, south of Williston. Tickets are $8 at the gate and $10 Saturday, Seniors $5 and children under 2, free. All shows and exhibits included.

  • MRSA outbreaks come to Cedar Key

    Prior to the recent outbreak in Cedar Key, no one there had heard of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, which is used to describe those examples of the organism that are resistant to commonly used antibiotics. Methicillin was an antibiotic used many years ago to treat patients with Staphylococcus infections. It is now no longer used except as a means of identifying this particular type of infection.

  • Cedar Key Police Department Reports

    Generally, things continue to be rather quiet for your local police officers, except for several disturbing criminal mischief complaints that occurred on Oct. 21. Apparently vandals decided they did not like the fence surrounding the parking lot at Gulf Boulevard and Hodges Avenue, as well as two other locations that were destroyed.

  • Best. Day. Ever.

    Last week before the weather turned nasty, the full moon tides and calm winds set the stage for some very good afternoon and evening fishing trips. One trip was very special to me since I was able to take my mother and older sister out for a brief outing. And man, what an outing it turned out to be.

    My mom just loves to catch redfish, but my sister is equally enthused to admire the playful actions of dolphins showing off around a boat. On this trip, both orders would be filled.

  • Draw floorplan, give to firemen, everybody wins

    Cedar Key Fire Chief Robert Robinson addressed the Cedar Key City Commission recently to notify residents of the fire department?s new project to develop a fire emergency plan for every business on the island.

    The plan, which Robinson stressed is not a fire inspection, is designed to help Cedar Key's firefighters have as complete knowledge as possible of the structure, layout and potential hazards of the city's commercial buildings.

  • Living Shorelines lead to healthy coastlines

    Forget everything you know about seawalls and shoreline protection.

    As a little thumb of rock and fill jutting out into the Gulf of Mexico, Cedar Key knows enough about shoreline erosion to write a book.

    But for generations, the best solution people could find to keep their yards from slipping away was to throw some concrete on the problem.